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Lot # 1321: 1975 Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III "Thrilla in Manila" Full Ticket PSA VG 3 (Pop 1 - One Higher)

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Item was in Auction "Spring Classic 2022",
which ran from 5/20/2022 7:00 PM to
6/11/2022 10:00 PM

Full ticket issued for the Heavyweight Championship bout between champion Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier held at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines, on October 1, 1975. Graded VG 3. Foreign tickets for Ali championship fights, especially full examples from significant bouts, are rare and this example is no exception. This is the ONLY example of this particular full ticket graded at this level by PSA, with just one graded higher. It is also one of only five full examples listed in the PSA Population Report. This ticket was culled from the #1 Ranked Muhammad Ali Ticket Collection on the PSA Registry, which is being offered as a "set break" in our Spring Classic 2022 auction. Listed on the PSA Registry as "Muhammad Ali On-Site Ticket Collection," the collection is 74.60% complete with a Weighted GPA of 11.56. The famed "Thrilla in Manilla" fight between Ali and Frazier marked their third and final bout, and it remains one of the most memorable in boxing history. Fought in stifling heat, the bout soon became a battle of attrition as both fighters struggled in the later rounds. The fight eventually ended when Frazier's cornerman, Eddie Futch, threw in the towel prior to the fifteenth round. Ali was equally exhausted and claimed after the fight that it was the closest he ever came to dying. He also said that Frazier quit just before he was going to. This is an exceedingly rare souvenir from one of Ali's career-defining bouts.

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